I dont know about you but I love bed…I love sleeping, I love laying in my bed, I LOVE MY BED! Our mattress is on its way out in life and that scares me. I love my mattress, I love how comfy it is and I am scared we will buy a new one and I will hate it! It will be too soft or too hard or just not like my current beloved bed! Anyway when your husband is pretty much a giant and creates a hole in his side of the bed you gotta give in and get that new mattress at some stage right?
While researching mattresses for us to buy I was kinda shocked and disgusted by what I discovered.
Brace yourself ladies (and gents?), That mattress we all are in love with is probably rather disgusting if you took a microscope to it.
I was researching mattresses, best type to get, and how to make them last longer and ensure that the warrantee would be covered and this is what I found out:
- Your mattress will likely double in weight over a period of 10 years due to dead skin cells and dust mite debris.
- If you sleep on your mattress without the use of a mattress protector or vacuuming your mattress on a regular basis (say what??) you are sleeping with an array of dust, dust mights, and dead skin cells (GROSSE) All of these contribute to allergens and Asthma!
- The average bed houses 6 BILLION DUST MITES….so lets do some maths, I have 3 beds in my house….so will most likely have 18 BILLION DUST MITES sharing my home with me. (did I mention my main allergy is to dust mites??)
- Over an 8 year period your mattress will likely hold about 4.5kgs of dead skin cells (spew)
- We should be washing our sheets every week (and pillow cases every few days)…’should be’ is the key word there. I hate to admit it but life gets busy and the linen wash tends to be lower on my to do list that it likely should be!
- If you use a mattress protector you will extend the life of your mattress by 5-10 years.
- By adding a mattress protector, you’re protecting yourself from billions of bacteria — sweat, lint, dust mites, animal dander, mucous, soil, sand, cosmetics, food, and insect parts (WHAT??), to name a few — that you’d otherwise be breathing in every night.
Okay thats enough – I probably have scared you off now and you are running off to clean your mattress before you hit the hay tonight.
So I have suffered from allergies and hay fever all my life. My main allergens are dust mites and tree pollen. About 7-8 years ago my hay fever was at its worst ever and I was getting sinus infections every month and was continuously having to take antibiotics to clear it. That wasn’t Ideal so I did some research and discovered allergy protectors for my bed. I got it for my pillow cases, duvet and mattress. My hay fever improved hugely with that and I have been using them ever since. These protect me from the dust mites but I don’t know how protective they would be for my mattress?
For as long as I can remember Kylan has been waking up in the morning sniffing and sneezing (like 4 continuous sneezes every morning as soon as he wakes) I never thought much of it until I got offered a Protect-A-Bed Mattress protector to try and review. I read up on their product and brand before accepting and alarm bells started going off. I have done so much to protect myself from my allergies but never thought to do it for the kids! I quickly accepted and couldn’t wait to give it a go.
We received the mattress protector a couple months ago now and I put it straight on and you will never guess what…Within a week the sneezing stopped! The disturbing sniffing sound that I would wake up to EVERY MORNING (which disgusted me and put me in the worst mood waking up to that sound) HAS STOPPED!
It was such a lightbulb moment…These things we seem to forget about. I knew that dust mites in my mattress increases my hay fever but not once did it cross my mind about Kylan’s. I have always used some sort of protector on the kids beds but never had done my research and they were usually cheap crappy ones. I mean that….have a look at the one that was on Kylan’s bed! It doesn’t even cover the mattress, and he’s a hot bod and a sweaty sleeper so the thought of whats been going into his mattress prior to this protector makes me feel a tad queasy!
So now I am thinking about my poor other child. Whilst he doesn’t get hay fever he does suffer from eczema and we haven’t pin pointed his triggers but sleeping on a mattress riddled with goodness knows what can’t be helping can it?
Anyway so I am going to be getting the mattresses all cleaned and Protect-A-Bed Mattress Protectors on EVERY bed in the house after reading all those disturbing facts! Especially for when we finally bite the bullet and get our new mattress. I want to keep it so clean and so fresh and extend its life as they don’t come cheap!
Hope that didn’t disgust you too much but instead allowed you to have a lightbulb moment yourself!